Enter the world of the late 19th century Philippines, a Spanish colony in Asia chained by the convoluted union of church and state, where a revolution is set to brew, where firebrands seething hot long for change in the status quo, and where women long to be educated, no longer wanting to be under the whims of religious superstition.
Known in Philippine history as “the Women of Malolos,” these women would not have been immortalized had it not been for the Ilustrados—educated Filipinos in Spain—particularly Marcelo H. Del Pilar, who convinced Jose Rizal to write an entire article in La Solidaridad, the Ilustrado’s news organ in Spain, in praise of the Filipina women who insisted on wanting to be educated and establishing a school. They went to great lengths, even bravely protesting when the Spanish friars (who wielded political power) convinced the Spanish governor-general to reject their request. This was completely unheard of in the Philippines, and I dare claim in Asia as well. For even in uncolonized parts of Asia, women were known to be relegated to the sidelines. In their persistence, these Filipina women won their case, being granted permission to study Spanish. Seeing this achievement, the Ilustrados saw them as inspiration in their campaign for Filipino equality in the Spanish royal court.
Which is why I’m so glad to promote this film that I’ll be able to watch in Cinemalaya X (I missed the show on ANC last May). I encourage everyone to buy tickets to this wonderful film. Aside from the great set design, regalias and music, the film is filled with history that makes us proud of our women.
The film was produced and written by Nicanor Tiongson and directed by Sari and Kiri Dalena.
Just watch the trailer! See details below:
Date: Saturday, August 9, at 6:15PM
Venue: Dream Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Tickets @150 pesos.
For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at (632)832-3704
For inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org